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Doctor insights on: When To Be Concerned About A Birthmark

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Should I be concerned about a birthmark on my baby's skin?

Should I be concerned about a birthmark on my baby's skin?

No: Most birthmarks are harmless, but you should point any that you find out to your baby's doctor at the next routine check up. Birth marks, despite the name, don't always show up right at birth. Many develop in the first few months. They can be red, blue, shades of brown, black, white, or yellow/orange. There are a few which may require seeing a specialist, usually a dermatolgist. ...Read more

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Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more


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I have a large dark brown birthmark with hair on it should i be concerned?

I have a large dark brown birthmark with hair on it should i be concerned?

No: Birthmarks are very common and rarely represent something sinister. They can be a cosmetic nuisance depending on their location. The only time you should be concerned is if you notice any new changes like increasing size or color, irregular borders, any bleeding or discharge etc in the area. Otherwise just let it be. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my hemangioma birthmark has grown from knee to lower leg over the years and is painful?

Should I be concerned if my hemangioma birthmark has grown from knee to lower leg over the years and is painful?

Probably not: I would just go and have someone take a biopsy and send it in to make sure but generally they don't have a malignant cancerous potential. ...Read more

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Can you shave a birthmark?

Shaving birthmark: Caution is needed, to avoid bleed or injury. Let your doctor examine & give better suggestions. ...Read more

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How to remove white birthmarks?

Unlikely to happen: White birthmarks generally reflect an absence or decreased production of pigment in the patch of skin involved.This cannot be reversed. In theory you could transplant a full thickness graft of your skin to cover the area, but it would never look "normal" and would have some visible demarcation at the edges that would call attention to the patch.Most would use a cover makeup for prominent areas. ...Read more

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Do all birthmarks stay forever?

Depends: Some birthmarks, especially those relate to malformations of blood vessels often disappear with the growth of the child. Others may persist and get larger with the growth of the child. ...Read more

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What makes you have a birthmark?

What makes you have a birthmark?

Lots of causes: Prematurity, chorionic villous sampling, family history, genetics, and the big unknown are all causes of birthmarks. ...Read more

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